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iPod Shuffle 3G Review

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The new iPod Shuffle 3G is the smallest music player from Apple. The biggest change to this model is the absence of playback controls, a functionality that drew a lot of flak when it was announced. 

Ipod Shuffle

The new 3rd-gen iPod Shuffle is surprisingly small (about a half to two-thirds of the size of its predecessor) you’d easily mistaken it as a paper or money clip. The only controls embedded in the device is the On/Off switch situated at the top end together with the 3.5mm jack and a small needle-point light to indicate device activity.

Shuffle 3G
 
Since iPod Shuffle’s don’t have a display screen of any sort, the new version made use of Voice Over that enables a user to know to the name of the song and the artist that is being played. The Voice Over also functions as a status indicator for the Shuffle (talks back and tells you if battery is low and needs recharging). The male voice though reminds me of those text-to-speech voice quality.The 3.5mm audio jack also serves as the charging port via USB.

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The playback controls are found on the right earbud cable which includes play/pause, forward to next song, and volume up and down (tried using it on my iPhone 3G and it partially worked, minus the volume controls). The headphones have been slightly improved with the cables a little more rubbery (to keep it tangle-free) and while the earbuds are practically the same, sound quality is better compared to the old ones.

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Ipod Shuffle

After a couple of weeks using the Shuffle, I realized that the playback controls on the earphones make sense especially when I’m using it while jogging or in the gym. I’ve also noticed people who are using their cellphones as music players are already with having the controls in the earphone cables so in terms of usability, I don’t think this is an issue.

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Shuffle 3G

Apple has been known to make their customers adapt to their products, not the other way around. That’s why you don’t see people clamoring about being able to hook up a Logitech/Genius keyboard and mouse onto their Macs. As such, it was no surprise to me that Apple shifted the playback controls from the device itself to the headphones.

Sure, iPod headphones are not the best out there so this move on the Shuffle didn’t help address that issue (and the ability to be able to use any other headphones along with it). Despite that I don’t think this will hugely affect sales of the new model (SRP Php4,190 for 4GB). If you’re not into it, Apple is still selling the second generation Shuffle at a much lower price (SRP Php2,590 for 1GB). And if you’re very particular about headphones, Klipsch and Scosche will be releasing their own version of headphones that’s compatible with the new Shuffle.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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cisco2821
10 years ago

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Tad Carhart
11 years ago

Very intereting to read…thx for sharing.

Kurt
Kurt
11 years ago

Nothing beats the 2nd generation iPod shuffle. It’s very, very durable. I’ve clumsily fallen it numerous times. The lower portion was even almost worned out due to excessive falling. THough, even though by that fact, my iPod is still perfectly functioning. It’s that durable. The exceptions: their headphones. I think you should buy another one.

Michael
11 years ago

Surely, APlle is rocking the music players industry again, they are thingking of the next wave in technology way ahead of their competitors!

Stephanie
11 years ago

Hello Gorgeous! This one looks like a small clip. Very great modifications though

earl
earl
11 years ago

i mean my cable was lost

earl
earl
11 years ago

hi i just want to ask my 3rd gen shuffle lost if this ipod compatible wth other charger or can i use other usb charger but it is not apple product

Ally
Ally
12 years ago

Help!

I am seriously considering of getting myself one on Christmas. It will be basically for running/working out, so great sound quality is not an issue for me. My concern is,

Are the free headphones waterproof/resistant? I sweat heavily during running and it might be a big problem when it just crashes or something.

Help, anyone!

eatonop
eatonop
12 years ago

Within six months since I bought it brand new straight from an apple store, I had two of these serviced by apple. Both had the same problem — earphones. My brother and I use this gadget a lot at the gym especially while running on a treadmill. Mine developed a problem three months after buying it. The control started to fail. My brother’s toy just a week ago with the sound failing when he is already wet with sweat. I surmise some kid of short when sweating. We looked if there are any visible crevice or cuts on the protective covering -nada. Anyway, good thing they are still under warranty and we also have apple care extended warranty. Apple service provider just replaced the headsets with new ones. But mind you, it took them 2 weeks before they returned the shuffle with the new earphones.

Free Gadget
12 years ago

Good post, adding it to my blog now, thanks

andy
andy
13 years ago

after seeing this 3G shuffle, i can’t wait to see 4G shuffle cause this one is ugly…

nothing beats the 2G shuffle…

i like the whole voice thingy and all, but this baby just came out way too early for it’s time…

come back 5 years from now, when all earphones, headphones will fit into your odd socket…

so buy the 2G version instead. 1GB for 2k… can’t go wrong with that

Irene
Irene
13 years ago

I don’t know why but the earphones always got busted after 3-6 months usage. So this “innovation” of the playback control integrated on the earphones would not be good for me since I need to buy another earphone every 3-6 months. Tsk. I still love the 2nd Generation of IPOD shuffle. XD

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